Truth is central to Rogue Theatre's 'Galileo,' and its season

Sep 08, 2018 674

BY: Kathleen Allen

The Rogue Theatre is in search of truth. “This whole season, we’re really exploring this idea of what is truth and what is not truth, and the powers that try to extinguish or twist the truth,” says Cynthia Meier. The co-founder of the theater is directing the season opener, Bertolt Brecht’s “Galileo.”

Brecht’s play is based on the life of the astronomer and philosopher Galileo Galilei. Galileo studied the heavens and came to the conclusion that the sun is the center of the solar system and that the Earth revolves around it. The Catholic Church insisted that the Earth was at the center and everything revolved around it. It called Galileo’s theory heresy and it demanded he recant. The threat of torture and isolation was too much; he recanted (supposedly he muttered “and yet it moves” right after).

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